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Elbow to release 7″ Torch Song on #RSD17

After its launch in November 2016, Torch Songs returns bigger and brighter in 2017, with more top UK artists covering the songs that have guided them out of the dark.

Saturday 22nd April is Record Store Day. To celebrate our beloved independent record stores, and the power of music to lift us out of life’s low points, English rock legends Elbow will release an exclusive 7” vinyl Torch Song – a cover of ‘August & September’ by The The. A limited edition run of only 1,000 copies will be available in selected UK record stores.

That’s not all. April will also see stunning Torch Songs covers from rock band Mallory Knox, Leeds post-punkers Post War Glamour Girls and R&B singer and CALM ambassador Ady Suleiman.

Suleiman has captured the spirit of the campaign beautifully, with a raw cover of Bill Withers’ soul classic, Lean On Me, saying, “this song tells it how it is – that it’s very common to sometimes feel down and life is not always smooth sailing. It makes me feel okay not to be okay all the time.”

James Scroggs, CALM’s Chair and creator of Torch Songs, said: “It’s normal for all of us to encounter tough times. Music is a universally powerful tool to lift the spirits. So we hope Torch Songs provides the inspiration men need to find a way through.”



We want to know your Torch Song – share it online with the hashtag #whatsyourtorchsong.

All Torch Songs tracks go to radio and will be available at, as well as Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube.

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